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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SPIRIT CRUISES

PVA Elects New Officers and Board

At the 2010 Passenger Vessel Association Convention at MariTrends in Tampa, Fla., the members of the PVA elected their new officers and board members. The new officers are: President Captain Kevin Stier, River Cruises, Scales Mound, Ill. Vice President Captain Jay Spence, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Boston, Mass. Secretary Treasurer Paul Belforti, Entertainment Cruises, Chicago, Ill.   Captain Kevin Stier is the owner and operator of River Cruises. River Cruises offers two day overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River aboard the vessel Twilight. Captain Stier’s career started with him working on the Julia Belle Swain for the late Captain Dennis Trone, one of the original members of the PVA, throughout the span of his career Captain Stier has piloted the Julia Belle Swain, the Talisman and Twilight, of which he was instrumental in the construction. Captain Stier also spent thirteen years working for Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa as Marine Director. In 2006, Captain Stier and his wife purchased the Twilight and began operating on the Upper Mississippi river between the Quad-Cities and Dubuque, Iowa. Captain Stier currently holds a 1600-ton Master of Great Lakes and Inland Waterways on its 5th issue.  He was recently appointed by the Jo Daviess County Board as a member of the Upper Mississippi River International Port District

Hornblower Names Shaw COO

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Hornblower Cruises & Events has appointed Bob Shaw, a senior executive with more than three decades of operations experience, to the position of chief operating officer. In his new role, Shaw will be responsible for day-to-day management of all Hornblower companies, including charter yacht and public dining operations and two National Park Service concession contracts. "Bob’s management and passenger vessel industry experience along with his accomplishments as an executive

New And Notable Deliveries

Blount Completes Dinner Vessel The 600-passenger dinner cruise vessel; M/V Horizon was delivered to Pegasus Yacht Cruises of New York by Blount Industries on March 5. Measuring 161 ft. (49 m), Horizon boasts a welded steel, single chine hull with three enclosed dining decks, with all superstructure above the second deck is 100 percent aluminum construction. New Jersey-based Robinson Interiors designed Horizon with old world ambience in mind — its dining room features varnished cherry

Alaskan Cruises a Success

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American Cruise Lines’ first Alaskan cruises aboard 'American Spirit' applauded American Cruise Lines  announce that its inaugural season in Alaska aboard the American Spirit has begun, with its opening 11-night Seattle-to-Juneau cruise having just been successfully completed. Weekly roundtrip cruises from Juneau will now run through early September. Featuring a complimentary shore tour package and pre-cruise hotel stay

Carnival Repositions Carnival Legend

Carnival Cruise Lines' new 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend will operate a series of eight-day "exotic" Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 10, 2002 - April 19, 2003, marking the first time the line has deployed a brand new ship to that port. Originally, this program was scheduled to operate from Miami. Carnival Legend's new Fort Lauderdale-based schedule is the line's first long-term cruise program from that port in more than a decade.

U.S. Navy Boards Ship After Pirate Attack

CNN has reported that passengers were allowed off the Seabourn Cruise Lines' Spirit and went back to scheduled events with a sightseeing tour of the Seychelles, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean. The 150 passengers had been on board when pirates in two boats armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the Spirit on Saturday, Deborah Natansohn, president of the cruise line, told CNNRadio. Members of a Navy explosives ordnance disposal team led by Lt

Disney Cruise Uncorks Brand New Alcohol Policy

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 Disney Cruise Line is altering its alcohol policy, adding restrictions to what passengers may bring onboard to consume during their voyages.   Starting with cruises that leave Sept. 30, Disney Cruise Line guests will be allowed to bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne — no larger than 750 milliliters — or six beers — no larger than 12 ounces — on board at the beginning of the trip and at each port-of-call.   

Despite Attack, Piracy Against Cruises Is Said to Be Rare

The New York Times has reported that the cruise industry is calling the violent attack on a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia on Nov. 5 an aberration. Pirates on two boats reportedly fired rocket-propelled grenades at the Seabourn Spirit, a luxury liner carrying 151 passengers, as it rounded the Horn of Africa last Saturday on its way from Alexandria, Egypt, to Mombasa in Kenya. With the Spirit about 100 miles off the coast, the pirates struck at dawn

Carnival Spirit Fitted With Cruise Industry's First Smokeless Diesel Engines

In a working partnership between Carnival Corp. and the Finnish marine power systems supplier Wärtsilä, the new 86,000-ton cruise ship Carnival Spirit will be fitted with the cruise industry's first smokeless diesel engines. The Carnival Spirit, the first ship in a new class for Carnival Cruise Lines, is currently under construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards and is expected to enter service in late spring 2001. Its inaugural season will include two Panama Canal sailings

Fincantieri Lays Keel for Next Silversea Cruise Ship

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  The keel laying ceremony of “Silver Muse”, the new ultra-luxury cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for Silversea Cruises, took place today at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genova). The ceremony was attended for the shipowner, among others, by Enzo Visone, CEO of Silversea, while Fincantieri was represented by Raffaele Davassi, director of the shipyard. At 40,700 gross tonnes, able to accommodate 596 passengers on board

US Charters Cruise Ship to House Hurricane Relief Workers

Carnival Fascination (Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines)

 The U.S. government has chartered another commercial cruise liner to serve as a floating hotel for relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.    Carnival Cruise Line said it reached an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will see the 2,052-passenger vessel Carnival Fascination docked in St. Croix to provide housing and meals for relief workers during a four-month charter from October 15 to February 3

Gothenburg Port Extends Discount Period for Vessels

The Port of Gothenburg has opted for the third year in succession not to increase the charges set out in the Port Tariff. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority

 Gothenburg Port Authority has opted to keep the Port Tariff unchanged for the third year in succession. The charges for 2018 will thus be on the same level as 2015.   Port charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg. The charges are based on vessel type and gross tonnage, and are used to finance a range of activities, including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port safety.  

San Diego Expecting Larger Cruise Season

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 The Port of San Diego is preparing to welcome 83 cruise calls during the 2017-2018 cruise season, with a wide variety of itineraries visiting this inspiring destination. This season Holland America Line remains a strong presence on San Diego Bay along with continued growth from Disney Cruise Line. On Thursday, October 5, the Disney Wonder will be in port, along with Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam.  

Damen Hires Trevisan as Sales Director, Cruise Newbuilds

Hadewych Reintsema, Design and Proposal Manager Cruise, Damen Shipyards Group; Andrea Trevisan, Sales Director Cruise New Building, Damen Shipyards Group; and Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, Damen Shipyards Group (Photo: Damen)

 Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Andrea Trevisan as its new Sales Director Cruise New Building, as the company plans to further expand its standing in the flourishung expedition and small size cruise vessels market.   Trevisan will oversee Damen’s global commercial and marketing activities with regard to new build cruise vessels. “I will be a sort of Damen brand ‘ambassador’ for the cruise industry

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

Disney Cruise Lines Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

More than 230 Cruise Ships to Transit the Panama Canal’s Panamax and Neopanamax Locks The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal.   “In addition to the existing locks

Steel Cut for Costa Cruises’ LNG Newbuild

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A steel cutting ceremony was held at Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland for the first of two Costa Cruises ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship will sail in October 2019 with a sister ship following in 2021.   Costa Cruises’ president, Neil Palomba, announced today that newbuild NB-1394 will be named Costa Smeralda, and added, “The two new Costa Cruises ships are a true innovation and set new standards for the entire sector

Asian Cruise Market Growth Continues -Report

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The Cruise Lines International Association, has released the findings from two new reports about the Asian Cruise market. The first, 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, is a comprehensive analysis of the cruise industry within Asia. The second, the 2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study, reveals the economic impact the cruise industry has had to the North Asian market. “While the Asian cruise market has grown tremendously within the past four years – it has the potential to capture a much

Meyer Werft Begins LNG Cruise Ship Build for AIDA

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German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for AIDAnova, set to become the first cruise ship worldwide that will operate both at sea and in port fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG).   With AIDAnova’s first building block lowered into place on September 6, 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc officially marked the start of construction of seven fully LNG powered cruise ships due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2022 for four of its 10 cruise ship brands

Port Taranaki Ready for More Cruise Ships

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 Port Taranaki is committed to providing world-class assets and service excellence to support the cruise industry, chief executive Guy Roper says.   Mr Roper took part in a panel discussion of leaders from “emerging ports” at today’s Cruise New Zealand 2017 Conference. This is the first time Port Taranaki has participated at a Cruise New Zealand conference.   Prior to the conference, Roper highlighted that, as the gateway to the region

Ferus Smit Launches Symphony Spirit

On Friday, August 25, shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched newbuild 421, Symphony Spirit, in Leer.   The 122.5-meter, 10,500 dwt Symphony Spirit is the fifth vessel in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping.   The vessel is an ‘Ecobox’ design, which Ferus Smit says is characterized by flexibility of loading combined with very economical and ecological performance.   The design features:

Two AIDA Ships to Participate in German Maritime Festival

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For the fourth time in a row, AIDA Cruises has agreed to sponsor a ship for one of these major public attractions of one of Germany’s biggest maritime festivals. Thanks to the support of the cruise company based in Rostock, the venerable Russian vessel “Kruzenshtern” will be a guest at the 27th Hanse Sail from August 10–13, 2017. The “Kruzenshtern,” a four-masted barque, which sails under a Russian flag

India Unveils Road Map for Cruise Operations

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari addressing at an exclusive preview of the Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India, in Mumbai on August 08, 2017. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 The Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the Indian government is committed to creating the right environment for promoting cruise tourism in the country.    Speaking at Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India - an international conference organized by the Shipping Ministry at Mumbai Port today, he said that India has a huge potential of hosting nearly 40 lakh cruise tourists

Teekay Orders Shuttle Tanker Newbuilds

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 On July 27, 2017, Teekay Offshore (TOO) CEO Ingvild Sæther announced the contract signing for two Suezmax-size, DP2 shuttle tanker newbuildings, with options to order up to two additional vessels.   The vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 and 2020 and provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea in support of Statoil.   The newbuilds will be constructed based on TOO’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies to increase fuel

India Looks to Boost Domestic Cruise Industry

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 The government of India announced important steps in view to boost the domestic cruise tourism industry.   It is estimated that on an average a cruise tourist spends about US$200-300 and a cruise staff/officer spends about US$100-150 per port visit.   Cruise tourism is a high-end luxury tourist segment of tourism sector.  Cruise operations augment local economic activities as business opportunities arise for supply for provisions, transport, hotels, bunkering etc

New Eco-friendly Expedition Cruise Ship in the Works

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Rolls-Royce said it has signed a deal with WestSea Yard, part of Martifer Group, to equip an expeditionary oceanic cruise ship for Portuguese based cruise company Mystic Cruises. The vessel, to be called the MS World Explorer, will be the company’s first expeditionary oceanic cruise ship. The MS World Explorer will offer expeditionary cruise itineraries in Antarctica from November to March and this new vessel’s inaugural Antarctic season is already fully chartered to

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